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UP has become andher nagri: Sonia

Last updated on: May 19, 2011 18:34 IST

UP has become andher nagri: Sonia

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Strongly backing Rahul Gandhi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday slammed the Uttar Pradesh government over the "brutalities" perpetrated on farmers in Greater Noida villages, saying the state has descended into "anarchy and lawlessness".

With a just a year left for assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, she expressed confidence that Congress could come to power in the state as well.

"The state has become 'andher nagri' (dark city), where there is no law and order. There is anarchy and lawlessness in UP," Gandhi said addressing a party convention in Varanasi.

A week after Rahul's visit to Bhatta-Parsaul villages of Greater Noida where he empathised with farmers agitating against land acquisition, Sonia said she was "ashamed" to see the "brutalities" perpetrated in Bhatta-Parsaul and accused the Mayawati government of using state machinery to acquire land for projects.

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Image: Congress President Sonia Gandhi

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'Ashamed to see brutalities perpetrated in Bhatta-Parsaul'

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On Monday, Rahul attacked the UP government and led a delegation of farmers from these villages to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to complain against police "brutalities".

His remarks that women were raped and men were burnt to death had triggered a controversy with media reports quoting the villagers questioning the veracity of the allegations.

Addressing the convention on Wednesday, Rahul repeated the charge of police repression in Greater Noida but was silent on rape of women and burning of men alive.

"Congress workers should go to the people and fight for their problems. I am sure victory will be ours in UP as well. The Congress party has always upheld your trust," she said.


Image: A villager carries an injured man to a hospital, after clash between farmers and police, at Bhatta Parsaul village
Photographs: Reuters
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'No other govt has initiated hard measures like UPA against corruption'

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Giving a stern reply to the parties trying to put the United Progressive Alliance in the dock over the issue of corruption, she said no other party had taken hard measures like the Congress-led government on the issue.

"Political parties try to put the UPA government in the dock by raking up issue of corruption. No other government initiated hard measures like ours on corruption. Did the NDA government initiate such stern measures," Gandhi asked while addressing the rally.

"Jinke ghar sheeshe ke hote hain, wo dusron par patthar nahi marte (Those who live in house of glass should not pelt stones on others)," Gandhi said taking potshots on opposition parites especially the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Stating that popularity graph of the party was rising, Gandhi said that recently concluded assembly polls in five state showed that Congress got the maximum support of the people.

 "The BJP was limited to four-five seats only. Left is also wiped out in these elections," she said.



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